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    • literal Translation: The rope man got mixed with the archer
    • English Equivalent or/and Meaning: Things got chaotic


     

    • literal Translation: Closer than the carotid artery
    • English Equivalent or/and Meaning: As close to a person as is humanly possible

       
    • literal Translation:If you were saved from the lion, do not be greedy and hunt it
    • English Equivalent or/and Meaning: Don't press your luck

       
    • literal Translation: If you saw the fangs of lion, don't think the lion is smiling
    • English Equivalent or/and Meaning:  That was from a famous poem by Almotanabbi

       
    • literal Translation: When the reason is known, there will be no more shock
    • English Equivalent or/and Meaning: Said when you are wondering why something happened

       
    • literal Translation: If you know then it's a disaster, and if you don't know the it's a greater disaster
    • English Equivalent or/and Meaning:  If a leader knows or doesn't know about the corruption in his group

       
    • literal Translation: Send a wise man and don't advise him
    • English Equivalent or/and Meaning: He should know what to do

       
    • literal Translation: Do good things and throw them in the sea
    • English Equivalent or/and Meaning: Don't expect rewards for good deeds

       
    • literal Translation: Give the dough to the baker even if he ate half of it
    • English Equivalent or/and Meaning: Give the job to a person who knows how to perform it perfectly even though it will cost you

       
    • literal Translation: Hunger is an infidel
    • English Equivalent or/and Meaning: A hungry man is an angry man

       
     
    • literal Translation: The neighbor comes before the home
    • English Equivalent or/and Meaning: Choose your neighbors before you choose your home

       
    • literal Translation: The friend in tight times
    • English Equivalent or/and Meaning: Meaning: A friend is the one that lends a hand during the time of need
      English equivalent: A friend is need is a friend indeed

       
    • literal Translation: The gauge has over flown
    • English Equivalent or/and Meaning: To run out of patience

       
    • literal Translation: Dawn does not come twice to awaken a man
    • English Equivalent or/and Meaning:  A fox is not taken twice in the same snare

       
    • literal Translation: This cub is from that lion
    • English Equivalent or/and Meaning: A chip of the old block


       
    • literal Translation: One hand cannot clap
    • English Equivalent or/and Meaning: cooperation is necessary


       
    • literal Translation: He mixes Ramadan with Sha'ban (2 months of the Hejrah Calendar )
    • English Equivalent or/and Meaning: He confuses the issue

       
    • literal Translation: He makes a dome out of a grain
    • English Equivalent or/and Meaning: He worries about a small problem as if it is a big one

       
    • literal Translation: Seek Knowledge from the cradle to the grave
    • English Equivalent or/and Meaning: Seek knowledge from the day you were born till the day you will die

       
    • literal Translation: Sit where your hand is taken and good is done for you and don't sit where you are dragged from your leg
    • English Equivalent or/and Meaning: Sit where you are welcomed and helped and don't sit where you are not welcomed

       
    • literal Translation:Be careful of your enemy once and of your friend a thousand times, for a double crossing friend knows more evil
    • English Equivalent or/and Meaning: Your friend knows more about what may harm you

       
    • literal Translation: Save your white penny for your black day
    • English Equivalent or/and Meaning:  A penny Saved is a penny earned

 

 

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